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What To Expect/Gear List For Cub Camping At Camp Seminole

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What To Expect/Gear List For Cub Camping At Camp Seminole

Postby AllenMcB » Wed Aug 16, 2006 11:53 am

Most Cub Scouts in our area get their first taste of camping by attending Cub Scout Family Weekends at Camp Seminole. For some Cub parents, it's also their introduction to camping. To make life a little easier, here's a brief guide to what you can expect at a Cub Family weekend, and a list of suggested gear to take.

(This is a general description of most Cub Family Weekends. Actual schedules and events may differ from session to session.)

Saturday 8AM - Noon: Registration at Administration Building, get campsite assignment, set up camp.
Saturday 11:30: Opening flag ceremony at Dining Hall
Saturday Noon: Events begin. Usually there are five events, such as the Obstacle Course, Canoeing, Museum Visit, Handicrafts, etc. hese events are usually over by 5PM.
Saturday 5:30PM: Dinner at the Dining Hall. Cubs go in at 15 minute staggered intervals.
Saturday 8PM: Council Ring. This is a big campfire overlooking the lake, with skits done by Cubs and sometimes their leaders.
Saturday 10PM: Lights out. This is when the noise should subside, and Cubs should be in tents, trying to go to sleep.

Sunday 7:30AM: Breakfast at Dining Hall
Sunday 8:30AM: Chapel Service at the Camp Chapel.
Sunday 9:30AM: Break camp, go home, take a nap.

What to expect:

Campsite Assignments: Cub Scout Packs always camp together in one of the many established campsites at Camp Seminole. The campsites have great names such as Sioux, Choctaw, Apache, etc. When you arrive at registration, you'll find out which campsite your pack has been assigned for the weekend.

Sanitary Facilities:Camp Seminole has well maintained latrines (not the flush sort) in each campsite. Each latrine has a wash area, with running water and a long basin. Bring your own soap, wash cloth, and towel.

Campfire: Campfires are encouraged, but they must be in the fire pit in each campsite. No fires outside the fire pits. Expect to start the fire with traditional methods (kindling, paper, etc.), no liquid fire starters of any kind. Use only the wood you find on the ground, there's always plenty there. Any stick that goes in the fire must saty in the fire. (Kids waving smoking sticks is a recipe for disaster.)

Running Water: Each campsite has a water hydrant near the latrine.

Handicapped Access: The Sioux campsite has a concrete walkway, making it wheelchair accessible. If a camper has special needs, the camp staff will find a way to make sure they are accomodated.

Parking: All vehicles are parked along the campground road, or in the Administration Building parking lot. So you can't drive up to your tent and unload. (Sorry!)

Dining Hall: We have a great Dining Hall and Cooking Crew at Camp Seminole. A typical dinner might be hambugers, hot dogs, potato chips, homemade baked beans, cookies or ice cream, and bug juice. (Bug juice is slang for punch or Kool-Aid type drinks.) A typical breakfast would include scrambled eggs, biscuits, grits, sausage, bacon, fruit, cereal, and orange juice. There's always a couple of urns out front of the Dining Hall before breakfast, on filled with hot chocolate, one filled with hot coffee. The Dining Hall has a wash station inside, near the front door, and two restrooms inside. If weather permits, there's seating outside on the veranda in back. Men are expected to remove their headgear (hats) in the Dining Hall, and Scouts should wear their uniforms at meal time.

Clothes: Bring weather appropriate clothing, but expect the boys to get dirty, so plan accordingly. If it's been raining, expect the boys to get muddy. Leave the nice shoes at home! Extra socks are always a good idea.

Suggested gear list for Cub Family Weekend:

Tent
Ground cloth to put under the tent (a tarp works well for this)
Sleeping bag
Tootbrush, toothpaste
Wash cloth and soap (keep in a zip lock bag)
Uniform
Weather appropriate clothes and jackets (at least two sets)
Sack lunch for Saturday
Scout handbook
Snacks (if desired)
Propane lantern and propane (one bottle is usually enough)
Matches (for the parents, not the Cubs)
Camp chairs (something light and easy to carry)
Sleeping pad (goes under sleeping bag for softness)

This is just a list of suggested gear. Some Cubs pack a lot lighter than this, and have an easy time loading in and out. Some families bring camp stoves, ice chests, etc, and set up housekeeping for the weekend. It's a nice way to live in camp, but it's also a lot more work loading in and out.

What NOT to bring:
Pets
Fireworks
Electronic entertainment (radios, boom boxes, Game Boys, etc.)
Firearms
Alcohol

If an adult just has to listen to the big ball game Saturday afternoon, please be considerate and bring earphones or headphones so as not to disturb others.

For a change of pace, some Cub Scout packs come out on Friday evening, set up camp, and then cook dinner and have a pack-wide sit down dinner. If you'd like to come out early, just let the Camp Ranger know ahead of time, so you can get your campsite assignment.

If you do come out Friday evening, be sure to plan soem activities for Saturday morning. Hiking the Nature Trail, fishing in Lake Phillips, playing basketball or tetherball at the Trading Post can really fill up a few hours.

Many packs bring their pack flag to hang in their campsite.

Have fun, play safe, and ENJOY your camping weeekend.
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